09/15/2012 1:27PM

Fort Erie: Say No More ships back, cuts back for Frostad Memorial

Michael Burns
Anywhere will ship down from Woodbine for Tuesday's Ernie Samuel Memorial at Fort Erie.

Fort Erie will provide the stage, but the leading players will be shipping down from Woodbine for a pair of $50,000 stakes races Tuesday.

Say No More, an impressive winner of his first start on Fort Erie’s dirt surface, returns for the George Frostad Memorial, a five-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up that attracted a field of five.

Anywhere, who vanned down to finish second in the July 1 Rainbow Connection over five furlongs on Fort Erie’s turf course, heads a field of seven fillies and mares in the Ernie Samuel Memorial, also at five furlongs.

Say No More, stakes placed on three occasions at Woodbine, scored by 7 3/4 lengths in a 6 1/2-furlong classified allowance race at Fort Erie on July 24.

“He trains on dirt all the time,” said Mike Keogh, who conditions the 4-year-old Say No More for Gus Schickedanz and Don Howard. “I was thinking of sending him to Saratoga. But when the race showed up at Fort Erie, it gave me a chance to find out if he does dirt without going down there.”

Say No More handled the dirt with elan, earning a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 99, but Keogh could not find an appropriate spot for the gelding at Saratoga.

So, Say No More will be making his second consecutive start at Fort Erie while shortening up 1 1/2 furlongs under returning rider Jermaine Bridgmohan.

“It’s a little tight for him,” Keogh said of the Frostad Memorial distance. “But he ran huge two years ago, first time out at 5 1/2 furlongs on the Poly, and it looks like there’s a ton of speed in there Tuesday.

“I hope it’s a closer’s track.”

There is speed indeed in the Frostad Memorial, with Grittani, Executive Five, and Crowns Dynasty all capable of laying down some quick fractions, and Keogh should get his desired setup.

Anywhere, who captured the restricted Ballade Stakes over six furlongs of Polytrack at Woodbine this spring, was fourth when favored under second-level allowance terms in a 6 1/2-furlong sprint there last time out.

The Samuel Memorial will be Anywhere’s first trip over dirt, and her first shorter than 5 1/2 furlongs.

“I’m not concerned about the dirt; she trains on the training track here,” said Bob Tiller, who trains the homebred 4-year-old Anywhere for Frank DiGiulio Jr.

“I’m not worried about five furlongs, either. She’s been rating here; I’m hoping she’s good enough for this company.”

Luis Contreras, who has piloted Anywhere to her four career victories, has the call for the Samuel Memorial.

Tree Pose, a front-running winner over the track in a 6 1/2-furlong, second-level allowance after being transferred to local trainer Julie Robillard, looms a serious threat with Kirk Johnson back in the saddle.

Henny Heart and Swingwiththering both are based at Woodbine and are coming off allowance wins there.

Trainer Mike Doyle sent out Henny Heart to capture a first-level allowance at six furlongs, and Swingwiththering is coming off an upset score in a restricted second-level allowance at five furlongs.